Five reasons for Tigers optimism in the Texas Bowl

Just one more day until the LSU Tigers finally takes the field against the Kansas State Wildcats in the final non-championship bowl game of the 2021 campaign.

The team comes limping in with a very depleted roster, but it is ample opportunity for a lot of the younger players to see the field. While the offensive will likely be mostly the same group they expected to start the season with, the other positions have a little different feel to them.

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The Tigers look to finish with a high note as they prepare for a new era of LSU football. Sitting at 6-6, they can either finish with a winning record or a losing one for the first time since 1999.

We will stick to the former here with five reasons the team finds a way to win in Houston.

BJ Ojulari and the front four

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If there is one group that you can count on, it is the LSU front four. Despite losing some key players in the group this year they do have their leader in sacks, BJ Ojulari. The talented sophomore finished with six sacks on the year and will look to harass Skylar Thompson in this game.

Standout freshman Maason Smith will play his usual spot inside next to Jaquelin Roy and Soni Fonua will man the strongside edge. Expect to see a good amount of rotation with Savion Jones and Desmond Little as well.

The Wildcats have allowed just 22 sacks this year, so Ojulari and the defense need to dial up the pressure. Attacking the right side of the offensive line might be the way to go. Right tackle Christian Duffie and guard Ben Adler allowed a combined 41 quarterback pressures. By far the most on the team.

Corey Kiner is able to take advantage

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With no Tyrion Davis-Price playing in the game as he decided to prepare for the NFL draft, it opens the door for the…

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